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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Homemade Marshmallow

  • 3 tbsp gelatin
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2/3 cups of corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Food colouring (optional) 
  • 1/4 Cornstarch for coating 
  • 1/4 icing sugar (optional, because it will be very sweet)

  1. Dissolve 3 tbsp gelatin in 3/4 cup cold water for 10 - 15 minutes
  2. Bring 2/3 cups of corn syrup, 1/4 cup cold water, and  2 cups of sugar to a hard boil.
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp peppermint extract, few drops of colouring (optional) set aside.
  4. Sprinkle cornstarch on the tray before pouring mixture. (or better to use shortening to grease the tray)
  5. Pour corn syrup mixture into blend in high speed for 10 - 12 minutes.
  6. Add Vanilla, salt, peppermint for a mix, lastly drop a few drops of colouring to swirl in the mixture before pouring into pan. 
And wait for 6 - 8 hours for total harden.

Take out the harden marshmallow, it's easier to use scissors than knife, coat them with cornstarch before storing. 

I've tried making Vanilla Marshmallow (pink), Peppermint Marshmallow (blue) and Coffee Marshmallow (brown), when making coffee marshmallow do not need any food colouring, replace with 1 tbsp coffee ess

Crispy French Macarons

French Macarons
I like Joanne Chang's recipe, it makes crispy and crunchy macarons, you may use converter for measurement accuracy. It is better to make lemon curd macaron filling first. 

Crispy French Macarons
recipe by Joanne Chang

1 3/4 cups plus 2 Tbs (210 g) icing sugar

1-1/4 cups plus 2 Tbs (124 g) 
almond flour

4 large (132 g) egg whites, at room temperature (separated a day before keep in refrigerator) 

1/4 cup (56.25 g) castor sugar

Make the Batter
Line completely flat baking sheets with parchment or nonstick baking  liners and set aside.
Using a medium-mesh sieve, sift the icing sugar and almond flour  into a large bowl and set aside. 

In a clean stand mixer whip the egg whites on medium speed until foamy 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of castor sugar and continue to whip for another 30 to 45 seconds. Repeat 3 times with the remaining castor sugar. Once all of the sugar is mixed in, continue whipping the whites until they turn glossy and stiff (when you lift the beater(s) from the bowl, the whites should hold a straight peak without droopy, 4 to 8 minutes more.

Use rubber spatula fold in half of the castor sugar mixture. Once most of it has been incorporated, fold in the remaining  mixture until just combined.

Pipe the Cookies
Using a piping bag (I used normal plastic bag as I used it in pizza just cut a corner), pipe the batter onto the prepared sheets in rounds, spaced about 1 inches apart. As you pipe, hold the bag perpendicular to the baking sheet and flick the tip of the bag as you finish each cookie to minimize the peaks. Rap the sheet against the counter several times to flatten the mounds and pop any  large air bubbles. Let rest until the meringues no longer feel tacky, 20 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 160°C.
If the batter still feels tacky, let it rest for a few more minutes before baking.

Bake the Cookies
Put 2 of the cookie sheets in the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 130°C (let the remaining sheets sit at room temperature). Bake, rotating the sheets and swapping their positions after 8 minutes, until the meringues are very pale golden, 15 to 20 minutes total. Cool completely on  the baking sheets on racks. Meanwhile, return the oven temperature to 160°C  and then bake the remaining sheet as you did for the first two.

Remove the meringues from the parchment and pair them by size.

Fill the Cookies
Using a piping bag to pipe the cookies, pipe the filling onto half of the cookies—you want to use just  enough filling that it spreads to the edge when topped but doesn’t squish out much when bitten. Top the filled halves with their partners. The cookies are best the day they’re made, but you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Lemon Curd Macarons Filling
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 
1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) (45.50 g) unsalted butter 
3 large eggs 
1 large egg yolk 
1/2 cup castor sugar 
1/4 tsp. vanilla bean paste or essence
1/8 tsp. salt

Heat the lemon juice and butter over medium-high heat until just under a boil. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolk and then slowly whisk in the sugar until combined. Whisk the hot lemon juice mixture into the sugar and eggs bit by bit, you don't want to cook the egg with hot lemon juice mixture.

Return the mixture to the saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and scraping the bottom of the pan frequently, until the curd thickens and coats the spoon, 2 to 4 minutes. Draw your finger along the back of the spoon; when the curd is done, it should hold the trail.

Remove the curd from the heat and strain it through a fine sieve into a bowl. Whisk in the vanilla and salt. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic onto the surface of the curd, and chill for 1 to 2 hours before using.

make ahead tips

The curd can be made up to 5 days ahead; refrigerate in an airtight container. 

How to make Almond Flour

When I want to start making macarons, the recipe requires almond flour, and I have been looking up and down, there isn't almond flour for sale, and so I google for 'what is almond flour?' And I found it's easily can get by grinding it with a food processor, which means it can be self made! 

Here I bought a packet of ground almond and borrowed a food processor from mom, start making my own almond flour. 

I would rather buy instant almond flour if I could, because  it takes up lots of my time, especially the processor didn't do a good job to find grind those almonds, I need to press almonds through a sieve to really get the flour like almond. 

Brown Sugar Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Cheesecake
Brown Sugar Cheesecake


· 1 1/4 cups Oreo chocolate biscuit crumbs
· 80g butter, melted

· 500g Cream Cheese, softened
· 3/4 cup brown sugar
· 3 teaspoons gelatine dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
· 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
· 1 cup thickened cream, whipped


· COMBINE the biscuit crumbs and butter. Press into the base of a greased and lined 20cm springform pan. Chill.

· BEAT the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in gelatine mixture, whipped thickened cream and vanilla bean paste until just combined, fold in cream cheese mixture.  Pour mixture into prepared base and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

I personally think cheesecake is the easiest cake to make, and everybody likes to eat them. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wish List

Have been thinking of writing this wish list, as a check list of God's blessing, and record of how long will God takes to answer this wish list... kakaka... I have faith, He will answer all, as He is a faithful God, and I have to just ask, and it will be given, just the matter of time!

  1. KitchenAids mixer
  2. KitchenAids mixer
  3. KitchenAids mixer
  4. KitchenAids mixer
  5. KitchenAids mixer
  6. KitchenAids mixer
  7. KitchenAids mixer
  8. KitchenAids mixer
  9. KitchenAids mixer
  10. KitchenAids mixer

well, if God only answer one, I guess.... I won't miss it!

If you've bought a new oven, and do not know what to do with the old one, if it is still good in condition, post it in to convert this into cash!! Or it is still good in condition but you wish to bless someone who might need it, post in gilagarage to give away and help improve someone's living.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Two great commandments

As Kevin and I were teaching in Messiah II last Sunday about first Fruit of Holy Spirit - Love, we talked about loving a thing is different for loving a person. A very funny illustration was, when someone you loved have hurt you or have failed you, I said to the children: "The normal reaction will have as a little children is to say: 'I hate you!!!' or 'I don't want to be friend with you!!'" and I continue to tell them, I love pizza, while I am eating my favourite pizza, I dropped it on the floor accidentally, I will not point to the pizza and shout: "I hate you!!!" Then followed by laughter from all little children, even me, I didn't know it was so hilarious to make them laughed like that.

Love always come with a few rules to obey, we don't say they are conditioned, but a way to protect someone whom you love, e.g. traffic rules, school rules, house rules.... and so on. God has given us rules in Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are divided into two parts we called two great commandments
The First Part: Love God

  1. Put God first
  2. Worship only God
  3. Use God's name in respect
  4. Honour the Sabbath's day
The Second Part: Love man
5.   Honour you parents (so that you may live long in the land that Lord your God is giving you)
6.   Do not kill
7.   Be faithful in marriage
8.   Do not steal
9.   Do not lie
10. Do not greed

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cough Remedy 止咳方法




7= 碗里的精华

1. Wash entire orange
2. Cut
3. Sprinkle some salt
4. Give a few pokes by using chopstick
5. Cover it back
6. Put it up-right in a bowl, steam for 10 to 15 minutes (count from the boiling time)
7. Remove the orange, drink the essence.
8. Finish the orange. For adult as well as children.

Saturday, November 5, 2011





你陪我度过喜怒哀乐日子,谢谢你! 我也希望陪你走过甜酸苦辣的时光。你的一通电话,我听了像刀子割在我心坎中地痛着,在这个时候我真的舍不得看见你被伤害,你的好被人利用,你的美被人漠视,这都是不好受,这些滋味不好尝。




Thursday, November 3, 2011

Come Holy Spirit Fall On Me Now 圣灵请你来充满我心 piano accompaniment

Another version that I just finished transcript for intermediate pianist from the play-along video.

Come Holy Spirit Fall On Me Now
圣灵请你来充满我心 ( F major )

download pdf of this piano accompaniment new arrangement  

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Fight of Faith Violin / piano accompaniment in D major

Fight of Faith  Violin / piano accompaniment in D major

download Fight of Faith  Violin part in D major pdf    for early grade

download Fight of Faith piano accompaniment part in D major

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